Jacqueline Jules is the author of several books for children, including ABRAHAM'S SEARCH FOR GOD (Kar-Ben) and THE ZIZ AND THE HANUKKAH MIRACLE (Kar-Ben). Her poetry has been featured in over sixty publications, including Cricket, Cicada, and The Christian Science Monitor. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.
This presentation is written as if it were a school play about the
13 colonies becoming a nation. Told through colorful comic-book
illustrations, it stars students dressed as states humorously
explaining the path to the writing of the Constitution. The brief
text is accompanied by speech balloons expressing the states'
multiple, often competing, views. Anecdotes such as Ben Franklin
being a big talker, George Washington's and Ben Franklin's special
chairs, and the secrecy of the meetings add interest and reveal the
historical figures as being real people. Even then there were
concerns about the press reporting on governmental procedures. The
vividly colored spreads will hold the interest of even middle
school students and would be useful to introduce how our form of
government was created. Students will enjoy presenting this book as
reader's theater. Further information about the proceedings of the
Continental Convention of 1787 is included in an afterword, and the
notes section answers important questions not explained in the
text. This is a great book to use along with Lane Smith's John,
Paul, George, and Ben.
-School Library Journal